Kieran boosts ambulance appeal

A TEN-year-old whose legs were badly injured in an accident in Ipswich has helped to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).Brave Kieran Seymour, hurt in the crash in London Road in 2005, completed four-and-a-half miles of the Orwell Sponsored Charity Walk with mum Samantha and six-year-old brother Ethan.

A TEN-year-old whose legs were badly injured in an accident in Ipswich has helped to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

Brave Kieran Seymour, hurt in the crash in London Road in 2005, completed four-and-a-half miles of the Orwell Sponsored Charity Walk with mum Samantha and six-year-old brother Ethan.

Kieran's dad, Shaun, who lost his mother in the accident, completed the 25-mile course with Nicky Wright, fundraising manager at the EAAA in Suffolk.

Between them, the Seymour family, from Shrublands Avenue in Ipswich, raised more than �600 which will be shared between walk organisers The Rotary Club of Ipswich East and the EAAA.

It was the prompt delivery of Kieran to Addenbrooke's Hospital by the EAAA's Anglia One helicopter which played a huge part in his recovery from the severe injuries he sustained.

Mum Samantha said: “They aimed to do three miles but, when we got to that marker, they really wanted to carry on despite leg ache setting in.

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“They went on to complete a further one-and-a-half miles which was fantastic.

“Shaun completed the full course which was an emotional experience. He hit a wall at around 13 miles and didn't think he could carry on but he got through it and went on to complete all 25 miles, an achievement of which he's very proud.”

“We're delighted to have been able to help raise money for the EAAA which operates such a vital service in our region.”

The EAAA operates a 365-day life-saving service across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. It receives no government or National Lottery funding and has to raise �3 million a year to keep its two air ambulances flying.